The Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct is the second customary prime lens for Nikon’s full-frame Z-series mirrorless cameras. A well-liked focal size for road images and general-purpose use, it encompasses a distinctive f0.95 focal ratio gathering virtually Four occasions the sunshine of its smaller sibling the Z 50mm f1.eight S, therefore incomes the famed “Noct” moniker. This lens has been teased for the reason that launch of the Z system and eventually demonstrates what is feasible with the big diameter Z-mount. Bear in mind although that it provides solely guide focus which ought to restrict its use with transferring topics. However should you can nail focus the outcomes ought to ship Bokeh past what was doable earlier than on a full-frame digital camera. Nikon additionally claims very low sagittal coma flare rendering point-light sources like stars sharp throughout the sensor. This distinctive specification comes at a excessive value although, with an eye-watering price ticket of $7999.
To search out out whether or not the brand new Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct can justify the value, I’ll check its optical qualities on the 45MP Z7 physique towards Nikon’s personal Z 50mm f1.eight S, the AF-S 58mm f1.4G lens, and the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.Four which is my present reference customary lens. The latter two can be utilized on Nikon’s Z-bodies with the FTZ adapter. Forward of my full evaluation, listed here are the information in regards to the lens to date and the place it fits-in towards rivals.
Info from the catalog
As typical I’ll take a look on the technical information of the brand new Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct first. I’ve rated the options with a [+] (or [++]), when it’s higher than common and even state-of-the-art, a  if it’s customary or simply common, and [-] if there’s an obstacle. For this comparability I exploit the Nikon Z 50mm f1.eight S, the Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G and the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 (“Otus” for brief).
Measurement (diameter x size): The Noct is a big lens at 102 x 153mm (4.Zero x 6.0in.) and the lens hood additional provides to its size (approx. 25mm). The Z 50mm f1.eight S is way smaller at 76 x 87mm + 40mm for the lend hood. The Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G is 85 x 70mm + lens hood and the Otus is 92 x 117mm + 32mm for the lens hood. For an apples-to-apples comparability one has to permit for the variations of flange distance between the Z-mount (16mm) and the F-mount (46.5mm). So these 30.5mm (1.2in.) should be added when utilizing theNikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G or the Otus through FTZ adapter on a Nikon Z digital camera. [-]
Weight: 2 kg (710 oz.) together with the non-detachable tripod mount. Add to that the load of the lens hood. The Z 50mm f1.eight S is 412g + 27g for the lens hood. The Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G is 385g + lens hood, the Otus 948g + 64g for the metallic lens hood. Each want the FTZ adapter including one other 133g (4.7 oz.) to be used on a Nikon Z digital camera. [-]
Optics: 17 components (together with Four particular dispersion and three aspherical components) in 10 teams which is essentially the most advanced customary lens-design I do know of. The Z 50mm f1.eight S and the Otus have solely 12 Parts and the Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G is a design with solely 9 lenses in 6 teams. The brand new Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct employs fluorine coating on the entrance to repel water, mud, and filth and will make for simpler cleansing and makes use of Nikon’s new ARNEO coating (along with Nano coating) to cut back flare, glare and ghosting. [+]
Closest focus distance is 0.5m (20in.) with a magnification of in all probability 1:10. The Z 50mm f1.eight S goes all the way down to 0.4m (15.7in.) with a magnification of 1:6.7. 
Filter-thread: The brand new Noct shares a 82mm filter-thread with the Nikon Z 14-30mm f4.Zero S and the Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.eight S. The Z 50mm f1.eight S has 62mm, the Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G has 72mm, the Otus 77mm. 
Picture stabilization: The lens provides no optical stabilization – like each Z-Nikkor to date. However the Nikon Z our bodies present built-in sensor-shift stabilization for Z-mount lenses over 5 axis – plus an elective digital stabilization in video mode. F-mount lenses with out optical picture stabilization just like the Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G and the Otus revenue from the body-based picture stabilization of a Nikon Z physique when used through FTZ adapter, however solely over three axis (roll, pitch, yaw). 
Auto focus: No, the brand new Noct is guide focus solely. There’s a big mechanically coupled devoted focus ring which turns virtually 340 levels for very exact guide focus. The main target ring has a linear gearing which makes clean focus pulling for videographers straightforward. The Nikon Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct additionally options an OLED show indicating focal size, aperture or focusing distance (in m or ft.) and depth-of-field identical to the Nikon Z 24-70mm f2.eight S. The show is difficult to learn beneath sunny situations in its default setting however it may be made as brilliant as the highest show on the Nikon Z digital camera. You’ll be able to change by the completely different show sorts utilizing the DISP-button. There’s additionally a operate button L-Fn on the lens that’s set to AE/AF lock as default however could be assigned 21 completely different capabilities. Each the Z 50mm f1.eight S and the Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G provide autofocus however the Otus is guide focus too. [-]
Lens profile: The lens comes with a lens profile identical to the Z 50mm f1.eight S which could be managed from the digital camera. Vignette management provides the standard choices of Excessive, Regular, Low and Off. Diffraction compensation and Auto distortion management could be activated or deactivated. Whereas Adobe’s RAW converter ignores these settings and treats them as if they’re set to Regular/On Nikon’s Seize NX-D permits to vary the settings when creating RAWs. The Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G and the Otus don’t include a lens profile however Lightroom and Photoshop present one with vignette and distortion management. [+]
Covers full body/FX or smaller. Identical with the alternate options. [+]
Efficiency / MTF: The next picture reveals the Noct on the left (at f0.95, 10lp/mm and 30 lp/mm) and the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.Four on the best (at f1.4, 10lp/mm, 20lp/mm, and 30 lp/mm). That look fairly promising for the Noct. [+]
Value: The lens has an inventory value of 9000 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) / 8000 USD / 8300 GBP. So it’s much more costly than the Otus (3200 EUR / 4000 USD) however that’s simply defined by the bigger focal ratio. The Leica Noctilux-M 50mm 0.95 ASPH is even promoting north of 10,000 EUR. The Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G sells for 1600 EUR / 1450 USD whereas the Z 50mm f1.eight S is clearly the most affordable at 400 EUR / 600 USD. [-]
Comes with a trunk case that protects the lens and has additional area for different equipment. Lastly this can be a case becoming for a lens costing 8000 USD not like the flimsy pouch of the opposite Z lenses. The tripod collar and the screw-on lens hood is included, however it appears the lens hood will not be of the bayonet sort and never reversible for transport. [+]
Aperture ring: the multi-function management ring behind the Z 58mm f0.95 S Noct could be assigned to function the aperture (that is the default) or publicity compensation. The aperture is actuated electromagnetically which makes it the equal of an E-type Nikon lens. The multi-function management ring on the Z 50mm f1.eight S can management aperture, publicity compensation or focusing. The Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G and most different F-mount alternate options don’t have an aperture management ring. The Zeiss Otus provides one (Nikon ZF.2 model solely) however that’s of no use because the Nikon Z cameras (not like the D850) don’t enable to manage the aperture from there. [+]
Sealing: sure, a rubber grommet on the lens-mount plus additional particular weather-sealing all through the development identical to the Z 50mm f1.eight S. The Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4G solely has the sealing on the lens-mount, the Otus not even that. [+]
Including one other [++] for the distinctive focal ratio of f0.95 the rating within the “features-department” of the brand new Noct is 4[-]/4/9[+]. The downsides to this lens: It’s additional giant and intensely heavy, has no autofocus and is much more costly than any Zeiss Otus. So Nikon’s new lens which showcases the chances of their Z mount higher ship on the promise of a singular photographic expertise.
The marketplace for customary prime lenses is fairly crowded and a few producer even provide (or introduced) 50mm f0.95 full-frame lenses particularly Leica (for M-mount, round 10,000 EUR), Meyer Optik (for E-mount, 1500 EUR) and Mitakon (E-, RF- and Z-mount) – all of that are guide focus solely. Let’s have a better have a look at the Mitakon:
- The Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm 0.95 III was introduced in June 2019 and appears to be accessible now for Z-mount too. It measures 73 x 84mm and weighs 720g (with out lens hood). The optical design is 10 components in 7 teams and the minimal focus distance is 0.5m with a most magnification of 1:10. Its value is listed as 1100 EUR / 800 USD. The lens doesn’t have any electrical contacts so the aperture needs to be closed manually to the specified worth and there are not any EXIF-data nor lens-profiles being transmitted to the digital camera.
For shooters of Nikon Z cameras the alternate options additionally embrace F-mount lenses which can be utilized mounted on Nikon’s FTZ adapter – including one other 31mm in size and 133g in weight:
- Nikon provides the one f1.2 lens of the alternate options, the Nikon 50mm f1.2 from 2004. This lens is to not be confused with the famed Noct-Nikkor 58mm f1.2 which is now not in manufacturing. The 50mm f1.2 is guide focus solely and goes for 700 EUR / 600 USD.
- Nikon additionally provides two autofocus alternate options with a focal ratio of f1.4: the AF-S 50mm f1.4G from 2008 (410 EUR/USD) and the AF-S 58mm f1.4G from 2013 (1600 EUR / 1450 USD)..
- Sigma provides the AF 50mm f1.Four DG HSM Artwork from 2014 for 700 EUR / 950 USD. See my Sigma 50mm f1.Four Artwork evaluation the place it got here Extremely Advisable. The Sigma Artwork can be a giant and heavy lens though not as excessive as the brand new Noct. Nonetheless: mounting it on the FTZ adapter the Sigma Artwork has a diameter of 85mm, a size of 130mm and a weight of 950g (w/o lens hood).
- The Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.Four from 2015 is my present reference customary prime lens. But it surely prices 3200 EUR / 4000 USD – and it’s guide focus solely, juts like the brand new Noct. However its construct high quality is as but unsurpassed and the optical efficiency is prime notch. It earned a Extremely Advisable in my Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.Four evaluation.
- There’s additionally the Planar 50mm f1.Four and the Milvus 50mm f1.Four from Zeiss. Each are guide focus solely costing round 650 EUR / 1100 EUR respectively.
- Samyang has the guide focus 50mm f1.Four AS UMC from 2015 which prices 430 EUR / 400 USD.
Examine again quickly for my full evaluation!